If you’re living with bipolar disorder, we understand how hard looking
for work can be. That’s why we want to help you find a fulfilling job,
in a workplace that supports your long-term mental wellbeing.
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58% of people living with bipolar disorder quit working, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
At APM, we help job seekers living with disability, including mood disorders and mental health conditions, find meaningful work and thrive in the workplace.
Work can be helpful for people living with bipolar disorder as it can;
If you’d like to get support on your journey to employment, APM can help!
Check out our advice on finding jobs for people with bipolar disorder below and register to see how we can help you find and keep fulfilling work.
People living with bipolar disorder are capable of finding fulfilling work in a range of different job roles and workplaces.
Symptoms, skills and interests vary from person to person. In your job search, focus on finding a job that enhances your unique strengths and helps you manage your mental health.
While everyone’s experience with bipolar is unique, you may like to consider the following job features:
If you are living with bipolar disorder, you may find that high-stress jobs can induce more frequent manic and depressive episodes. This means it may be helpful for you to find work in low-stress environments with supportive co-workers.
According to the International Bipolar Foundation, people with bipolar work best with a regular, stable routine that helps with mood balance. Experts recommend avoiding any shift work or jobs that disrupt a regular sleep pattern.
If your bipolar disorder symptoms make it difficult to stick to long working hours or a structured work environment, you might prefer a flexible role. A growing number of jobs can be done from home with a flexible schedule and workload.
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We also know that everyone experiences bipolar disorder differently and so there is no one-size-fits-all list of best jobs for you.
However, here are some ideas to get you thinking about what might work for you.
When looking for the best options for work, you should consider your unique skills, needs and capabilities.
It’s important to remember that the kind of job that is right for one person may not be right for everyone.
Speaking to an Employment Consultant can help you discover other opportunities you may not have considered before, or that may be more suitable specifically for you.
Technical and copywriters often work from home creating or editing content for businesses, schools and other organisations. If you have a knack with words and want a flexible role, this might be a good fit for you.
Librarians are responsible for organising, issuing and collecting resources including books and films, as well as conducting regular audits. A library offers a quiet and peaceful working environment, which can be calming and perfect for book lovers.
Web developers use codes to build websites that are functional and easy to use. If you like problem-solving and working independently in an evolving industry, web development might be a good fit. Developers often work as part of a larger team within a company but many are also freelancers.
Bookkeeping usually involves completing consistent tasks and managing financial records in a calm office environment. If you have a head for numbers, you might enjoy the stability this role can bring.
Being a tailor involves altering clothes to make them fit people correctly, and can be performed for a company, or for your own business. If you have an interest in the fashion industry, this could be a great career for you.
If you want a low-stress career in the healthcare field, you might enjoy being a massage therapist. In this role you would be responsible for making people feel better through healing and relaxation. Massage therapy is a great option if flexibility is important to you.
Crafts-based jobs like a jeweller, artist or nail technician can be performed in calm environments and provide great creative outlets, which may play to your strengths. For a crafts-based job you’ll need a good eye for detail, excellent hand-eye coordination and a creative flair.
Hair stylists help others feel and look good. You can work in a salon with steady, regular hours or find flexibility by freelancing. Hair styling is a great career path for those with a creative flair and attention to detail.
*Please note that these job suggestions may not be suitable for everyone with bipolar disorder. These job suggestions may suit some people depending on their circumstances including, but not limited to, their current experience with bipolar disorder.
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Register now to see if you’re eligible for our, Disability Employment Services program and start your employment journey.
APM helps job seekers succeed in their search with tailored job support and guidance.
When you register with APM, we check your eligibility for the program, and help you get started. We guide you through the Centrelink process and your initial assessment, which decides your capacity for employment and suitability for the program.
Register with us, and we'll be in touch in the next couple of days to discuss further.
Meet your dedicated employment consultant at your nearest APM office.
Discuss your disability or health condition, and employment needs.
Your employment journey begins!
We also want to make sure you and your employer have everything you need to be a success together.
Depending on your level of support and the job you start, we work together to make sure you’re able to work safely and effectively.
This can include helping you access training, job coaching, performance monitoring, and understanding the workplace culture and what is expected from you.
We also support workplaces with proactive education to be aware of any impacts your bipolar disorder may have so we can help avoid any misunderstandings and create a culture of support and inclusion.
If you need ongoing support for long periods of time we will also discuss this with you and establish a support structure.
Our goal is to see you enjoy rewarding and long-term employment and ensure you have the right level of support to succeed.
Get in touch with our teams to find out more.
Work is important for our mental and financial wellbeing. However, when you are living with bipolar, finding the right job can be challenging.
People living with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood changes which can impact their day to day life, including work.
While we all experience different changes in our moods each day, some people's moods fluctuate up and down more frequently than usual.